Our Program and Approach
At KU Queanbeyan South, we aim to ensure children’s social and educational needs are enhanced, by providing a variety of experiences that are meaningful and relevant, enabling children to enjoy, participate, learn, practice, experiment and become proficient members of the community. We provide a safe, nurturing and enriching environment that is reflective of the children’s home environment and where their happiness and wellbeing is paramount.
As educators, we believe that play is essential to young children's learning and development. We acknowledge and support children's interests and strengths to enhance and facilitate their learning process. We endeavour to meet the needs of children's natural curiosity by providing opportunities for them to experiment, discover, solve problems and find out more about themselves, other people and the world around them.
Our program offers children the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of learning experiences and activities, each specifically designed to promote children’s confidence as capable, active participants in their own learning. Children are presented with a range of activities including gardening, arts and crafts, music and movement, physical play, block building, sand and water play, science experiments, early numeracy activities such as counting and measurement, and early literacy activities such as reading, drawing and writing.
At KU Queanbeyan South, we are proud of our reputation within the local community of providing rich education and care that concentrates on individual children in a family-focussed and supportive way.
We greatly value the strong relationships between our staff, children and families, and we look forward to the opportunity of including your family in the life of our centre.
We Focus On
In addition to the high quality well-rounded programs we offer, all KU centres are also encouraged to develop an area of focus.
At KU Queanbeyan South, our focus in Science and Technology.
We incorporate this into our program through the use of coding, smart boards, virtual technology, science experiments and investigation opportunities.
We feel that the children benefit from this focus as it allows them to investigate technology in a meaningfully way to their current level of understanding and to hypothesis and investigate what is happening in the world around them.
Our centre has been independently assessed by the Department of Education NSW under the National Quality Standards, and are proud to be rated as Exceeding the National Quality Standard.
However what matters most is what our families think...
“My son has been at KU Queanbeyan South since he was three months old. As a parent, there is nothing better than knowing your child is in safe hands. The staff are friendly and approachable and my mind is at ease knowing my son has the best care!” – KU Queanbeyan South parent
“My three children have attended KU Queanbeyan South for a number of years and I cannot fault the way they have been cared for and introduced to learning. The staff are friendly and take an active interest in getting to know each child and to learn and encourage the values which are important to the family. Throughout our time at the centre, there has been very little turnover with both the staff and the other children, which has greatly helped my children feel settled and happy to attend. I have great confidence my children are well cared for and are actively learning when I am not able to be with them.” – KU Queanbeyan South parent
Each KU centre is unique. The best outcomes for children are created within relationships and interactions between children and staff, and children and their families, not within four walls. We work hard to create beautiful, interesting, homelike learning environments for children – whatever our setting.
KU Queanbeyan South is located on the grounds of the local primary school, where the children often participate in assemblies and special events.
Our playground is designed to maximise the use of the natural environment and allow children to play and explore as they would in their own backyard. We offer stimulating activities that arouse children’s curiosity and encourage them to choose from a variety of planned experiences, expanding their learning potential. Our playground includes natural elements such as sand, water, grass, mud, leaves and twigs, and we also offer gross motor experiences such as climbing, jumping and physical play. We foster the holistic development of each child so they feel inspired to create, imagine and play.
The Annual KU Difference Awards were introduced a number of years ago, as a way of acknowledging KU staff who have made a significant contribution to KU. These annual awards are open to all KU staff, at any level (either individual staff or a team), who have worked above and beyond their normal duties.
In 2018, the team at KU Queanbeyan South was awarded the 'Making the KU Difference for Families' Award.
Our Reconciliation Action Plan
KU was proud to launch its inaugural Innovate Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) in 2016. At KU Queanbeyan South, we began our journey to develop our centre’s RAP in 2017 and we are proud to present it here.